OK, I know this isnt the greatest thing to be eating these days...and this isnt the type of thing you should make/eat WEEKLY! However, I decided to try making homemade onion rings this weekend to go along with our Turkey Burgers, Corn on the cob and fresh Watermellon!
Can I just say OMG!!!! These were by far the best onion rings I have ever tasted in my life! For my family of three, 1 1/2 medium sized onions were plenty to feed us, with leftovers! ( I might mention those leftover rings heat up fantastic in a 400 degree oven the next day with JUST as much crisp as if they were just fried!) I also made the same kinda sauce that Outback gives you with the Bloomin Onions. It was fantastic and tasted exactly the same!
Heres the recipe if anyones interested:
(*Publix has Vidalia onions on sale this week. 5lb bag for $3.99)
Light crispy Onion Rings
Heat oil in pot/deep fryer to 365.
( if using pot, use about 1 quart of oil. This is what I used)
Prepare a cookie sheet with a cookie cooling rack on top of it for later use.
1 large sweet onion cut 1/4 slices
1 1/4 cups of flower
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup of milk
1 box of Progresso Panko Italian Style bread crumbs ( these MAKE the rings!)
Slice up your onions and place in a bowl full of ice water for about 20 minutes. While your waiting, prepare your bowls for dipping.
In one bowl mix your flour, baking powder & salt and place in a gallon size ziplock bag. In a shalow bowl, place 3/4 to 1 full box of the panko breadcrumbs and in the last bowl mix your egg & milk.
When the rings are done in the icewater, place all of them in the ziplock bag of flour/baking powder. Shake till they are all covered. Leave the rings in the bag and add your milk, egg mixture. Shake again.
Open the bag and use a fork to remove one ring at a time placing it on the cookie sheet (with the cooling rack on top of it) to drain the extra coating off. Then take one at a time and place in the panko bread crumbs that are in the shallow bowl... kinda tossing with your fingers so the crumbs cover the rings. Then drop about 4-5 in your hot oil at a time. Takes no more than 2 minutes if your oil is hot enough (make sure to use a thermometer) to brown nicely!
These cook very quickly, never fall apart and taste amazingly good! The breading all stays on and doesnt taste greasy at all. They are very lightly breaded and not heavy like most onion rings. As i fried them I put them in a bowl lined with paper towels. They stayed warm without having to keep them warm in an oven, but that may be an option too ( just make sure the ovens low enough so you dont dry them out)
The Onion Ring Dip
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 tablespoons cream-style horseradish sauce
1/3 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1 pinch ground black pepper
1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper ( optional, i didnt use it)
Mix all together and chill in fridge.